FRQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the reading order of your books?
The Marked Men Series: Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy, Asa
The Saints of Denver Series: Leveled, Built, Charged, Riveted, Salvaged
~The Saints of Denver series is a spinoff of the Marked Men series. You will see familiar faces.
The Point Series: Better When He’s Bad, Better When He’s Bold, Better When He’s Brave,
Honor, Avenged, Dignity, Respect, Downfall
~Avenged is a crossover novella between The Saints of Denver and The Point
~Downfall is a novel set in the Point but is a standalone
The Getaway Series: Retreat, Shelter, Escape, Runaround, Detour
The Loveless Series: Unbroken, Justified, Unforgiven, Blacklisted
The In Luv Duet: Girl In Luv, Boy In Luv (co-written with Rebecca Yarros)
Standalone novels: Recovered, Downfall, A Righteous Man, Goldilocks, Fortunate Son (Release date To Be Announced)
What are you currently working on?
Lol… I don’t know exactly what it is at the time you’re reading this, but I do know that I’m working hard on something that I think you’ll love. I do include an in-progress novel that I work on a month-to-month in my newsletter. Once the book is finished, I then polish it up and publish it. If you are interested in following along as I bang out a rough draft, it is a pretty fun experience if you’re patient and don’t mind a million typos. When I say ROUGH draft, I super mean it.
Will existing characters or the children from existing characters get another book?
At this time, I have no plans for more books about any particular couple from any existing series. I’m kind of a one-and-done writer. That’s not to say the favorites do not make sneaky appearances in other series. I’m a fan of a good Easter egg here and there.
As for the kids, I never say never. (HINT: Fortunate Son)
This also applies to my interest in writing in other genres. I don't plan to venture into paranormal, fantasy, historical, or young adult romance. However, should I ever get hit with an idea so great it is impossible to ignore, my mind could easily change.
Are there any plans in the works to adapt your books for film or television?
There are plans; they just have never fully come to fruition. A production team has the shopping rights to the Marked Men series, and they have been trying to get something off the ground for a bit. There is always interest, but it has been tricky moving past the initial stage. It’s a lot harder than it looks, and there are a lot of moving parts that all have to align perfectly to get something not only sold but actually produced. And since the Marked Men titles are tied to this company, it wouldn’t be an option to have a company like Passion Flix adapt them. I’m always hopeful that eventually, a film/tv project will happen with one of my series, but I don’t hold my breath while waiting. If there is ever BIG news I will shout it from the rooftops. You will be the second to know after me, well third cause obviously I have to tell my mom before anyone else. :)
Do I know the names of the models on my covers or have their social media handles?
No. Most of my covers are stock images purchased off of a website for the sole use of the cover. Some are custom images I purchased from a professional photographer, who is the only person I deal with in the transaction. And a few others were created by a design team at the publishing house, so I have little to no say in them. The only cover model I’ve met in person is Lucas, who graces Rowdy’s cover. He just happens to be a fellow Coloradan and was nice enough to make time for me and my readers for an event I hosted here in Denver. All the others are total strangers, and I know nothing about them other than they fit the role of the character on the cover at the time. I’m not much of a social media stalker (unless it comes to kpop), so I never bothered to track the other boys down. You’re on your own if you’re interested in finding them. You might also reach out to Mel. She sometimes has information on them.
Where do I find my inspiration from?
No really. It can hit at any time.
It can be a television show or a movie. Sometimes it’s song lyrics, or walking by a stranger on the street that sparks inspiration. I travel a lot, so I often get hit with an idea while sitting on a plane or waiting in an airport. I also find myself surrounded by very creative people, so it can be a conversation or inside joke that spawns a brilliant idea. I think my mind is always open and ready for that ah-ha moment to strike. Sometimes there are so many exciting ideas it becomes hard to weed through them all and settle on one that might actually make a good story. The longer I’ve been writing, the more aware and sensitive I’ve become to all those plot-bunnies flying around. It’s become a lot easier to snatch them out of midair with practice.
Do I have a favorite book or character that I’ve written?
I like them all for different reasons. The truth is whatever book I’m currently working on tends to be my favorite at that time. That’s the project and the characters I’m entirely focused on, so it’s hard to see or think beyond them while working. Overall, all my characters, both the boys and the girls, the heroes and the not-so-nice guys, have a piece of my heart. I can honestly say I have no regrets about any book I’ve published. I think all these characters have a story that deserves to be told, and I feel fortunate I’m the one who gets to tell them. We’re a good fit!
If I could co-write with anyone, who would I pick to work with?
Well, I did write a duet with Rebecca Yarros. She’s lovely, an incredibly talented writer, and just happens to live across the street from me. It was a delightful project, and we absolutely have looked at doing more books together in the future. It’s tricky getting two full-time authors' schedules to align.
As most anyone who follows me knows, my real-life best friend also happens to be New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack. We’ve traveled the world together and have bonded over our love of reading and writing from the start. Our personalities are just similar enough, and just different enough that we always say if we co-wrote something together, it would tick all the boxes. We toss around ideas all the time, but never managed to get words written. Maybe one day we will make it happen, but until then, she remains my dream co-writer.
Any advice for aspiring writers?
It is important that you finish whatever it is you are writing before you start to stress about everything that comes next. You can’t edit a blank page. You can’t submit a partial manuscript to an agent or editor. You can’t publish an unfinished book. Once you get to The End, then it is time to put a plan in place for everything that comes next.
You also need to hire professionals if you plan to publish. You need an editor. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.
It’s also a good rule of thumb to write what you want to read. That is a solid way to connect to the content you’re creating. If you feel like you enjoy the story as a reader, chances are someone else will as well. And if you feel like the story is something you were missing as a reader, there’s a good chance someone else has also been looking for a similar story to fill up that blank space on their shelf.
Who are some of my favorite authors I recommend to readers?
I have a lot because I read a lot. I love books. I love everything about them, so I admire and adore anyone willing to put in the work to get a book into my hot little hands. In no particular order, here are a few I always 1-click: Kristen Ashley, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Tijan, KA Tucker, Penelope Douglas, Anne Stuart, Cora Carmack, Sophie Jordan, Karina Halle, Kylie Scott, Rebecca Yarros, Avril Ashton, AE Via, Ella Frank, Alessandra Hazzard, Rhys Ford, Laura Griffin, Karen Rose, Cambria Hebert, Imogene Kash
How long does it take me to write a book start to finish?
Right around 3-4 months when I factor in editing.
It is usually 1-2 months to write a rough draft and go through beta edits.
Then it’s a month of content edits and revisions. This is usually a 2 to 3 step process.
Lastly, the title goes through copy edits, which can be 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the amount of work.
Obviously, the length of time for any step can vary depending on factors and the availability of the professionals paid to work on the manuscript. If a book is published through a traditional publisher, things can either move much faster or slower.
My comfort zone is releasing a book every season. I can typically get 4 to 5 books a year published without losing my mind or feeling like I’m working myself into the grave. That’s a combination of self-published titles and traditional titles, meaning it can be more or less if I have to work around a publisher’s schedule.
How can I contact you and will you respond to me if I reach out?
You can email me using the form on this website or by sending your message directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
I do answer all my own emails. I try to get to them as quickly as possible, but they do tend to pile up if I’m traveling or working down to the wire on a deadline.
If you send a direct message on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, it is possible I won’t see it. I don’t check those inboxes as regularly and they have filters that can make it impossible to see some messages. Email is your best bet.
If you want to interact with me more often, then you should join my readers' group on Facebook, Crownover’s Crowd. I pop in very regularly to comment and go live. It is a lot of fun.
How do I get a review copy of new or old titles?
I don't personally send out review copies to anyone. My publisher and publicist send out any review copies. Please contact my publisher or my publicist for more information on review copies. I do occasionally give away ARCs in my reader group Crownover’s Crowd, or on my various social media accounts leading up to the release of a new book. I would suggest joining my group on Facebook and following me where you can in order to increase your chances of getting your hands on an advanced copy.
How should you keep up with all my new releases?
Follow me on social media. (Listed above)
Follow me on Bookbub.
Follow me on Amazon.
Sign up for my newsletter. (this is the most fun option in my opinion)
Join my reader group.
Can I read your manuscript, book, short story, etc. for a blurb or for feedback?
Unfortunately, my workload does not allow me to beta read for others at this time. I do consider blurbing upcoming titles on a case-by-case basis but only agree to blurb if the book is one I would honestly recommend to readers.
HOW DO I GET SIGNED BOOKS WITHOUT ATTENDING AN EVENT?
At the moment, I do not directly sell my books, but I will sign yours. All you have to do is follow these instructions:
~SEND your book or books to me. Either directly or have them sent to me from a retailer.
~Include a note telling me to whom you want them personalized
~ Include a self-addressed PRE-PAID POSTAGE envelope/box for your return.
(This is the most important step.If you do not do this, I can not mail your books back to you)
~FOR INTERNATIONAL READERS REQUESTING a bookmark, swag, or autograph... Please send a
SELF-ADDRESSED PRE-PAID POSTAGE with an INTERNATIONAL STAMP on the envelope to the below address.
I will gladly drop your envelope back in the mail with some goodies to you once I receive it.
MAIL ALL THE ABOVE TO:
c/o JAY CROWNOVER
1670 E. Cheyenne Mnt. Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
I would suggest you email Mel and tell her you are sending books, so we are on the lookout for them.
Please remember I travel often, so you might check with Mel about my schedule before sending your books to me to avoid delays in returns, and the address above is checked once a month unless I know to expect items.